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Safari Club International 2012 Hunters’ Convention Sets Records, Helps Save Hunting For Future Generations

Mike Piccione Editor, Guns & Gear
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Tucson, Arizona – Safari Club International’s 40th Annual Hunters’ Convention this year was the biggest and best ever. It has once again solidified its place as the premier convention in all of hunting.

The international hunting community recently concluded its largest everconvention in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Safari Club International (SCI) wrapped up the 40th Annual Hunters’ Convention at Mandalay Bay.  With a record 23,267attendees, the contributions of SCI members and event donors will ensure that SCI can continue fighting for hunters’ freedoms and expand conservation efforts around the world.

“Every year, SCI works to build the greatest hunting show on earth,” said SCI President Kevin Anderson. “With over 1 million square feet and 2,200 vendor booths on the convention floor, SCI collected record receipts of $16 million from members and donors attending the Convention which will help protect our freedoms to hunt!”

“SCI’s record breaking success for the 2012 SCI Hunters’ Convention is a credit to the dedication of hunters around the world and to corporate partners like Bob Allen, Boyt Harness, Browning, Cabelas, Fauna & Flora Customhouse Brokers, Global Rescue, Hornady, Midway USA, Outdoor Channel, Trijicon, Stealthcam, Swarovski Optik, Walker’s Game Ear, Yamaha, and Zeiss,” added SCI Executive Director Dr. Bill Moritz.

Safari Club International’s 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, January 23-26, 2013. Enjoy the best that Reno can offer: 2013 Video.

Highlights of the 2012 SCI Hunters’ Convention

$16 million gross reciepts for Hunter Advocacy and Wildlife Conservation.

Donations to Safari Club International’s Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) raised over $150,000 for protecting hunters rights in the 2012 election cycle.

$125,000 raised for the Pathfinders Program that benefits physically challenged hunters with the help of a very special donation from Donald Hill and the Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch.

$150,000 raised for Education on the dedicated SCIF auction sale of the “Dream Hunt” at the Sanctuary II, Inc.

Record-breaking auction sales top nearly $5.2 million.

Record sales for outfitters and exhibitors during the 4 day convention.

Notable Guests of the 2012 SCI Hunters’ Convention:

Larry and Brenda Potterfield, President, Midway USA

Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing, NASCAR

Shawn Michaels, Retired Pro Wrestler

Tom Selleck, Actor

David Keene, President, National Rifle Association

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President, National Rifle Association

Jeff Crane, President, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Jim Shockey, Hunting Celebrity, Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures

Recipient of SCI’s International Hunter of the Year Award

Mike Rogers Jr., Hunting Celebrity, Expedition Safari Television

Craig Boddington, Hunting Celebrity, Tracks Across Africa

Attending Political Officials

Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki, Nevada

Martin Andjaba, Namibian Ambassador to the United States

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia

Recipient of SCI’s International Legislator of the Year Award

John Barrasso, Senator, Wyoming

Recipient of SCI’s Federal Legislator of the Year Award

Don Young, Representative, Alaska

Lisa Murkowski, Senator, Alaska

Jeff Miller, Representative, Florida

Dr. Paul Broun, Representative, Georgia

Joe Heck, Representative, Nevada

Denny Rehberg, Representative, Montana

Cynthia Lummis, Representative, Wyoming

Billy Long, Representative Missouri

Mark Amodei, Representative, Nevada